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Posted by on Sep 18, 2019 in Uncategorized | 9 comments


Inking Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around AUTUMN. There is so much to love about the transition from summer to winter, and we are excited to share our Autumn-themed projects with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Fall is such a fun time of the year! Football game, crisp air, pumpkins, leaves changing color, and here in the south cotton boles for decorating.  Unlike the days of old, the machines leave a lot of cotton behind.  I have more than one memory of going out to the “country” and finding the picked cotton field.  Why???? So we could use the leftovers for decorating in fall arrangements…

My Granny’s family moved from the North to Mississippi to make a life for themselves. One of the things they grew was cotton.  And my Granny has many a stories about picking cotton. The entire family participated in the process.  They were extremely pour and It was what put food on their table. So, when I see cotton I think about my sweet Granny and the hope of a better day.

Just in case you haven’t figured it out, I’m using the Country Home stamp set. This set is so very versatile! I love the galvanized pitcher and the boquets of fall foliage.

Country Home Stamp Set

The cattails and cotton bur  remind me of my childhood home.  Thought, I’m not sure we ever had artichokes around for flower arrangements.

Country Home

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Cand Ford at Stamp Candy. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

I have been having issues with my white balance in my photography of cards ever since we moved. I just have not found that spot that has the perfect lighting. Below is a second picture of today’s card. The colors are more true. But, unfortunately the details of the card were not captured.

Country Home

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  5. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  6. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  7. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  8. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  9. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  10. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  11. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie

I’m going to leave you with a story from my Granny’s younger days picking cotton with her family.

Granny was in the field picking cotton with her brother Larry and her father, Popee. Larry often tried to find a green cotton boll, which was as hard as a rock, and would throw it to hit Granny when no one was looking. The bolls would leave red whelps and bruises on Granny and hurt like the dickens. This memorable hot afternoon Larry found his weapon, rared back and aimed the green boll at Granny. Just as the boll left Larry’s hand Granny bent over. The hard boll missed Granny but landed solidly upon Popee’s head. He promptly said, God Dame, where did that come from?

Well, that was the day Larry decided to never throw another cotton boll at Granny!

Go and be creative my friends-


It is all abot Fall!

Posted by on Sep 6, 2019 in Basic Patterens Decorative Mask, Basic Patterns Decorative Mask, Blogging Friends Blog Hop, Cups of Cheer bundle, Decrative Mask, Seasonal Wreaths, Seasonal Wreaths, September 2019 | 4 comments


The Blogging Friends are celebrating the upcoming fall with all the Awesome Stampin’ Up! products just perfect for all your fall crafting.

One of the things I am most excited about in the Holiday Catalog is that We Finally have a new set of stencils (Basic Patterns Decorative Mask)!!!  I have been having so much fun using them!

Basic Patterns Decorative Mask

Basic Patterns Decorative Mask

I love how stencils can add a lot of impact to small areas. Or they can work as a complete background!  And when you add ink and embossing paste the possibilities are endless!!

I have also been reaching for the Seasonal Wreaths Stamp Set a whole bunch!!  The sentiments in this set are just fabulous!!

Seasonal Wreaths

Seasonal Wreaths

I have not had the chance to use that adorable little bird or the pretty fall wreath. But, I’m sure looking forward to them!!

Happy everything

  • The background is watercolor using Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry ink refills.
  • Once the watercolor was dried I added embossing paste with mint macaron and call me clover ink refills.
  • The final steps were stamping the sentiment and mounting it with layers


Celebrate card

  • This card was made using the same steps as above.  I tried adding a little green watercolor on top of the stenciling and it seeped through.  Leaving a green watercolor look at the bottom of the card
  • The card base is Mossy Meadow. And the layer is Mint Macaroon.

All occasions card

  • The tree Decorative Mask is such fun!  I had a hard time getting the mask to say in place. To solve this. I added a little tombow glue to all the little pieces.  Let it dry. Creating a temporary adhesive.  This solved the moving issue!
  • The Stenciling was done with Old Olive ink.

The last card uses another one of my Absolutely Favorite items from the Holiday Catalog!  The Cups of Cheer Bundle

Cups of Cheer

Cups of Cheer Bundle

This stamp set makes my coffee-loving soul happy!!!  It is completely unique because two of the stamps stamp on both sides of the stamp.  That’s right!!!  You can make a left handle mug or a right handle mug from one stamp!!! How fun is that???

  • The first thing was to stamp and color the mugs.
  • The mug in the back was stamped in Early Espresso on shimmery white paper.  Then watercolored with Early Espresso ink.  After the watercolor was dried, I used one of the Decorative Mask to add some interest. The Old Olive ink shows up quite well on the light espresso watercolor
  • The mug in the front was stamped in Old Olive. Then it was watercolored with the Old Olive ink.  After the watercolor was dried it was time to add some stamping.  The fern was stamped in Early Espresso using the Tidings All Around Stamp Set
  • The Background is Gray Granet with Crumb Cake mixed with embossing paste on top.

I hope you will continue to hop along to see All The Fall inspiration!

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

Have a great day my crafty friends-